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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

"This odd, delightful book by Robin Sloan is about what happens when medieval mysteries meet modern technology," writes reader Carol.  "The story follows a clerk recently hired at the eponymous store as he tries to solve the riddle of Mr. Penumbra's very odd collection of books.  Ultimately, technology and secrets are both the richer for meeting each other-and as the reader, I'm sure I benefited most of all."


A Love Story as told Through Letters

Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole

When I first saw this book, Letters from Skye, I didn't think I wanted to read it.  It's written as letters between the characters.  I'm glad I decided to read it.  We meet Elspeth Dunn, a young lady who gets a fan letter from an American, Davey.  Elspeth, a poet, lives on the Isle of Skye in Scotland and has never left it.  As the letters continue, the reader discovers that they have fallen in love amongst the backdrop of war.  Interspersed are letters written by Margaret Elspeth's daughter.  After an air raid which results in the letters being found, Elspeth disappears.  Margaret slowly learns about her mother and Davey.  A debut novel by Jessica Brockmole.

White House Chef Mysteries

Julie Hyzy's White House Chef mysteries introduced us to Olivia (Ollie) Paras.  In her sixth adventure, "Fonduing Fathers," Ollie's mother hints at some suspicious circumstances around the murder of Ollie's father.  The case was never solved.  Even though her father was dishonorably discharged from the Army, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  Ollie's boyfriend Gav, a Secret Service agent, helps her to unravel the mystery.

Summer at the Park

Palisades Park by Alan Brennert

Cotton candy, sideshows, games and hot dogs. Amusement parks or carnivals in the summer is where you can find them.  Palisades Park by Alan Brennert is a family saga about the Stopka family who worked at the Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey.  Toni has the dream of being a high diver ever since she saw one at the park when she was a child.  Fires, the Great Depression, Pearl Harbor all intrude on dreams of Toni and her family.  The author grew up in the shadow of Palisades and this book is a love letter to the park.


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